Saturday, January 10, 2009

putting the FUN back into FUNdamentalism

Historic fundamentalism came from Christians reacting to the liberalism of 19th century. At the Niagara Bible Conference of 1895, the following list was put together to oppose how knuckled-headed and flippant many were being with what Christianity was becoming. They are the five fundamentals.
  1. the inerrancy of Scripture
  2. the deity and virgin birth of Jesus
  3. the substitutionary atonement
  4. the bodily resurrection
  5. the personal return of Christ
The words "protestant" and "christian" seem to have both lost their original flavor. The expiration date on "fundamentalism" has also passed. I wonder when/if "evangelical" will be stale and flat?

Was it Aristotle who said that a tree loses its "tree-ness" when it is given a name? When something is persistently and primarily known by title and not beheld for its beauty or essence, it begins to be weakened.

This holds true here.

But no titles will be necessary one day.

1 comment:

Brandon said...

i'd say evangelicalism is already on its way out as a useful term... in some circles, anyways...